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Tips On Wallpaper Toughies

Tips On Wallpaper Toughies

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In our previous diy wallpaper article, we spoke about the process of preparing and hanging wallpaper and wallpaper techniques. We also discussed wallpaper tips. Here are a few tricks for wallpaper sticky spots to make a good job even better.

Special conditions: While professionals will have you worrying about each situation that arises, most "special conditions" such as windows, doors and corners are simple to wallpaper and run pretty much the same way with a few minor changes. Lay the strip of wallpaper as usual, hanging over the obstruction. Mark the corner/edge, and trim paper back minus an inch or so. Tuck that excess inch or so under or behind the particular obstruction (if the obstruction is bigger, say a radiator, leave more of an excess). This process works the same whether you have a square, rectangle, circular or any other shaped obstruction. For the instruction-hungry, though, I'll go into a little more details below.

Doors and windows- In lay windows require a small amount of wallpapering work to come out looking good. Four steps should take you through the process. Once you reach a window, hang the wallpaper strip as usual up to the vertical side edge and allow the excess to hang over. What you're going to do is trim and fold over into the indented side of the window frame. Before you do this, though, you should cut a small strip to hang in the corner and along the upper edge closest to the current strip. This piece will then be covered by the overhang from this current piece and by the excess from the strips that you will be hanging above the window frame. Once the small strip is in place and the excess has been trimmed and overlapped from the current strip, continue along the wall to hang up smaller strips above and below the window frame, as usual (just shorter). Tuck in a few inches of excess from the pieces running along the top edge. When you get to the other side of the window, hang another full-length strip and repeat the steps of trimming and folding over the excess of wallpaper. Continue wallpapering along the wall as before. Doors work the same way.

Radiators- Radiators should be drained and removed. This is not always an option, though, so you can tuck the pieces behind the cooled radiator and smooth out as flat as possible.

Light switches and electric sockets- Shut off electricity to these areas before you start working with it. Butt the piece to the previous piece as usual, and let the excess hang over the switch or socket plate. Press gently against the plate to make an impression. Cut diagonal lines from the center to just before the edge of those impressions. Trim paper till about 1/4" before the edge. Unscrew the plate and tuck excess under, returning plate to original position.

External corners- Hang the first strip flush against the previous strip of wallpaper, and smooth out along the wall. You can either gently fold the remainder around the corner and onto the next wall or make a tiny slit at the top corner of the paper before folding over. Smooth wallpaper flat and brush out air bubbles. If you find it easier, trim the excess to about 1 inch over the next wall and cover this with the next piece you hang, making sure to line up the pattern properly. Doing it this way will give you a more professional look.

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